Collectively, OZblu has 26 farms across Australia, North America, South America, Southern and Northern Africa and Southern Europe.
By spreading our production geographically and growing the blueberries out of the rainy season in each area, OZblu is able to produce blueberries in most growing areas, like South Africa almost 52 weeks of the year. The varieties are very similar throughout the year, therefore we are in the unique position of being able to provide the consumer with a reliable and consistent high quality blueberry experience year-round.
Our first commercial plantings in South Africa were made in 2013. Since then we have made a significant investment in our South African blueberry production with a select group of licensed growers. Our own properties and grower group is 26 strong at this point, with a combined acreage of no less than 1000ha.
Taking advantage of the different climates and rainfall seasons across South Africa our growing areas range from traditional berry-producing regions in the south to newer regions like Gauteng, Limpopo and Northwest Province.
Innovatively, 70% of OZblu blueberry growers are situated in the north of the country, trailblazing berry production in non-traditional berry areas like Modimolle and Groblersdal.
The northern region’s season runs until mid-November, with the southern region’s season following roughly a month later.
OZblu is currently investing to expand our blueberry orchards in Chile, Peru and Mexico and we are looking to start our first orchard in the US in 2018.
weeks of blueberry production